I love the Lord because he hears
my requests for mercy.
I’ll call out to him as long as I live,
because he listens closely to me.
Death’s ropes bound me;
the distress of the grave found me—
I came face-to-face with trouble and grief.
So I called on the Lord’s name:
“Lord, please save me!”
The Lord is merciful and righteous;
our God is compassionate.
The Lord protects simple folk;
he saves me whenever I am brought down.
I tell myself, You can be at peace again,
because the Lord has been good to you.
Food For Thought:
“We can never forecast the path God’s energy of rescue will take. It is never any use saying to God, ‘I am getting desperate! Please answer my prayer by the next mail and please send a blank check.’ God will answer but not necessarily like that; more probably God will transform and use the unlikely looking material already in hand—the loaves and the tiny fishes—looking up to Heaven and blessing it and making it do after all. A priest was once asked if many miracles happened at Lourdes. He said, ‘Yes many; but the greatest are not miracles of healing but the spiritual miracles, the transformation of those who pray desperately for cure of this or that and come back, not physically cured, but filled with peace and joy, surrendered to the Will of God, conformed to the cross.’” –From The Light of Christ by Evelyn Underhill
God, fill my life with tiny miracles! Fill me with peace and joy. I’m ready to surrender to your will ― to be conformed to the cross. I know you hear my prayers and you listen to me closely. Rather than quick fixes to every problem, I want to know the peace that can face all life’s moments with joy and hope. Amen.